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June 18, 2010

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The last Penguin Modern Classics edition of 'Lolita' had the author on the spine as 'Nabkov', which isn't great, either.

And then there was the edition of Bellow's "More Die of Heartbreak" with an introduction by Martin Amis, which turned out not to contain an introduction by Martin Amis - whole swathes of the blogosphere were consumed by bitching about that one.

Sometimes Penguin Classics can really take their eye off the ball.

My favourite error - on a much smaller scale - is still from their edition of "The Code of the Woosters" about 10 years ago, in which a remark of Bertie's about some female being "deadlier than the m." was changed by an eagle-eyed but cloth-eared proofreader to "deadlier than them".

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